E Ola Ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi
The Hawaiian Language Shall Live

Aloha and welcome to Niuolahiki! The ʻAha Pūnana Leo is proud to offer self-directed online Hawaiian language lessons. Our new chapter lessons are:
  • User friendly: One click and the interactive lessons begin.
  • Self-paced: You control the flow of learning material.
  • Convenient: Enroll and study at anytime from anywhere.
  • Affordable: $30.00 per chapter, pay-as-you-go.

Enroll in 4 Easy Steps!

  • STEP 1: Test your computer’s/device’s Web browser HERE.
  • STEP 2: Review the Terms & Conditions HERE.
  • STEP 3: Create a free user profile HERE.
  • STEP 4: Choose a track/chapter and pay via PayPal HERE.

If you have any questions or need assistance:

If you forgot your password, reset your password HERE. Your username will always be your email address. If you are still unsure on how to enroll into a class, please review our short How to Enroll tutorial.

The first initial chapters of 25 total Nā Kai ʻEwalu chapters are currently available for purchase (pay-as-you-go, chapter-by-chapter). You can register and begin at anytime. Payment is made via a secure connection to PayPal either via your PayPal account or via credit or debit card. Once payment is complete, you are automatically re-directed to the class page and can begin immediately. Upon successful completion of a chapter exam, you are eligible to receive a beautiful certificate of completion (one per chapter) via email for each self-directed chapter acknowledging your effort and commitment.

You will enjoy online learning if you answer “Yes” to the following:

  • I like working and learning on a computer.
  • I am self-disciplined enough to follow lessons on my own.
  • I am comfortable learning independently. Not being able to see the instructor face-to-face does not bother me.

Learn more about our self-directed courses in detail under the “Course categories” column to the left. Bundle specials are also available.

After looking closer at the the history of Hawaiʻi and her language, we hope that you will consider learning Hawaiian with us. Your participation in these classes contributes to the efforts to revitalize Hawaiian as a daily spoken language. E ola ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. The Hawaiian language shall live.

Become a part of our growing online ʻohana today! Kākou like nō hoʻi! Join us!

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Statement of Support: Maintenance of Native languages and cultures is essential for the well-being of children and communities
by Admin Niuolahiki - Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 12:35 PM

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. Today, the federal Office of Head Start (OHS) reaffirmed its commitment to “the full integration of tribal language and culture into every aspect of the Head Start and Early Head Start program model.” At the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), we fully support full implementation by all sectors toward the maintenance of Native languages and cultures, and consider it to be essential in sustaining the identity and values essential for the well-being of Native children and communities. Ka Moʻolelo >>

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ʻAha Pūnana Leo and ʻŌiwi TV Release Three New Videos
by Admin Niuolahiki - Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 12:58 PM

E hoʻonui kākou i ko kākou ʻike no ka papahana Pūnana Leo a e kaʻana like aku i kēia mau wikiō pōkole me ka ʻohana a me nā hoa.

Let's add to our knowledge base of the Pūnana Leo program and share these new short videos with family and friends.

ʻAha Pūnana Leo: He Aukahi (A Movement):

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kik (noun) Neutron star. Manaʻo ʻia ʻo ka hōkū hohoki ka hopena o ka pūnohunohu ʻana o kekahi hōkū, e koe mai ana he ʻano hōkū i maupaʻa i nā huna hohoki. A neutron star is thought to be the remains of a nova, resulting in a type of star composed of neutrons. Sh. hōkū + huna hohoki. Play
Unpublished new word list to: Māmaka Kaiao: A Modern Hawaiian Vocabulary, 2003, U.H. Press

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“Nui koʻu mahalo

i kēia papahana ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi a me ka hana nui o nā mea a pau pili i ka papahana.” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

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ʻAha Pūnana Leo’s Niuolahiki program is named for a legendary coconut tree. In the story, Niu-ola-hiki, in the form of a coconut tree, transports his grandchild on a journey from Hawai‘i to a distant land far across the ocean. Just as this far-reaching coconut tree transports his grandchild to far-away lands, the Niuolahiki Distance Learning Program extends its culturally rooted language program throughout the world. Students of the program reside throughout Hawai‘i and the U.S. continent as well as South America, Europe and Asia.

Coursework for the program is based on the newly revised version of the textbook, Nā Kai ‘Ewalu, written by Dr. Kauanoe Kamanā and Dr. William H. “Pila” Wilson available exclusively for a limited time to our self-directed online learners.

Niu ‘Ō‘io is the jelly-like consistency of the flesh of very young coconuts. Lessons from the textbook Nā Kai ‘Ewalu are taught at this introductory level.

Niu Haohao refers to the soft milky consistency of maturing coconuts, sometimes referred to as “spoon-meat” coconut. Conversational skills will be taught at this intermediate level.

Niu ‘Ilikole refers to the flesh of a half-ripe coconut. Advanced lessons (currently in development) will be taught at this level.

Niuolahiki proudly carries on the work started by Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language back in 2002.

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